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The Wines

100% Grenache (early 1980s) from lime, sand-limestone soils at Rasteau, destemmed, 10 day vinification at up to 25°C, wild yeasts, 1 pumping over every 2 days, concrete vat raised on fine lees 10 months, unfined, filtered, 40,000 b


bright red colour; the nose is smoky, with more to come, good flashes of red berry for now. This is entertaining, holds bright fruit with good carry, freshness and late detail. It’s good, well orchestrated, shows well now, the tannins OK for a 2017. “There is graphite on the finish,” Helen Durand. Bottled Aug 2018. 13.5°. 2024-25 Feb 2020


has a good, easy red robe. The bouquet offers a low-key raspberry air, comes with potential, is nice and subtle, and there’s a touch of dried herbs. The palate runs with clear red fruits, detail in them; it goes with a free hand. I like this. It’s a Thinker’s wine, one with very good purity, and a lightly rocky finale that works well. It’s clear and tangy, STGT, very true to its soils, not the clay profile more commonly associated with the heartlands of Rasteau. 13.5°. Bottled Aug 2017. 2024-25 Feb 2018

2010 ()

full red; has a chunky, sustained nose which offers tobacco, prune, licorice and smoke airs. The palate is big, has character. The attack surges, bringing black fruits, spice; it ends on a snap of chalk, with prominent late acidity and tannin – “clack” it goes, firmly. It needs time – I would say around 15 months. Good wine, has character. Good with grilled meats such as lamb, or rich fish such as daurade, but it clashes with cheese. “There was great balance between acidity and sugar in 2010,” Helen Durand. 13°. To 2019 May 2012